Is this imac supposed to be this hot?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jlyanks85, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    After hours of continuous use, the imac gets pretty warm on the top. Is this normal since all the major parts are inside the monitor? Or is this something I have to worry about?
     
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    Intell

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    All perfectly normal, if it gets too hot the fans will rev up.
     
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    PurrBall

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    Yeah, the aluminum is used as a heatsink.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    The aluminum is not used as a heatsink. There are two heatsinks; one for the CPU and one for the GPU. As a side effect of there being two hot pieces of metal inside an aluminum "oven" if you will, the aluminum heats up.
     
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    mulo

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    thus acting as a heatsink.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    Yes, though the housing is not directly connected to any high heat generating components the fact that it is aluminum ( a rather fast thermal conductor ) it is helping to dissipate some of the heat generated inside the enclosure.

    The top of the enclosure will be hotter then the lower side, after all heat rises! :D
     
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    whoda

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    Kind of amazing how much work must have been put into making such a sleek design. Quiet, elegant and logical.
     
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    TMRaven

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    In other words, a heat sink.
     

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